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Towards the end of 2017, Business Assurance Officer Emma Garland travelled to
America to embark on a four week research project to understand more about her
chosen topic: intergenerational housing.
She was lucky enough to have been awarded £5,000 from the Winston Churchill
Travelling Fellowship to fund her research project.
Intergenerational housing enables people of different ages to live side by side
as good neighbours, to share their talents and resources and interact and collaborate
within a safe living space.
Emma said; "I'm really passionate about the housing sector and wanted to learn about how
intergenerational housing projects work in America and to gain insight and learning to bring home to share with others.
"We have an ageing population in the UK so finding new ways to bring the older and younger generations together to live
within the same community is more important than ever."
Emma explored different intergenerational housing establishments across America, including a scheme where students
live alongside older residents, schemes where foster and adoptive families live alongside other people, and a 'Grandfamily'
scheme, which houses grandparents who have overall responsibility for their grandchildren.
She travelled from Chicago, to Cleveland, to Massachusetts and Illinois, then on to Ohio and South Bronx. With her
knowledge, Emma is hoping to share her experiences with other housing and health groups to explore the possibility of
establishing such a scheme in the UK. You can read Emma's blog at www.intergenerationalhousingblog.wordpress.com